'a silver thread in a ribbon of green'

flowing through Edinburgh

The Water of Leith Conservation Trust works to conserve and enhance the river, its heritage and wildlife: the Trust promotes education and recreation through the Visitor Centre and works with volunteers and community groups to deliver around 300 river clean-ups and habitat improvement tasks annually. 

Operating since 1988, it was the first river charity to be established in Scotland. Support our work by becoming a member, sending a donation or joining the hundred-strong team of volunteers who are involved in projects on the river and in running the Visitor Centre.   

The Trust is a registered Charity (number SC000015). Our work is supported by City of Edinburgh Council’s Services for Communities and Children and Families Departments.

Latest News

The walkway from Colinton Tunnel to Slateford will be closed for upgrading works until the end of June and then the project will move from the Tunnel to the City Bypass and closures will continue – Sorry short term pain for long term gain

The Walkway

13 mile walkway winding through our capital

Visitor Centre

Open daily 10am to 4pm, community café & exhibition

The River

Edinburgh’s hidden natural asset

The Trust

Conserving and enhancing the river since 1988


Join the team and help protect the Water of Leith


Discover more on one of our learning programmes or activities

Featured Events

Tue 12th Jul

River Dipping

Wear your wellies and join us in the river for our favourite activity
2pm - 4pm
£7 accompanying adult free

Thu 14th Jul

Ultimate Survival

Learn the skills to survive the apocalypse – build a camp, decide what you dare eat, seek fresh water
2pm to 4pm
£7 per child

Tue 19th Jul

Fairy Folk

Join the ‘wee folk’ in the Dells as we discover the history of fairies & do some magical crafts – wings optional
2pm - 4pm
£7 per child - adult free

Latest News & Blog Posts


The Survey Team make some beautiful discoveries

One of our lesser known volunteer teams is the Survey Team – a botanically minded crew who help to monitor …


Keeping the Walkway trim and proper

Being attacked by nettles, wayward brambles reaching out to grab you or rain gathered in butterbur leaves soaking the bottom …


Resurfacing work gets underway from Slateford to Balerno – in phases

This image is of some preliminary work to improve drainage – it is not the new surface which will be smoother

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